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Hollywood Heroes

Why Do We Love Film?

They can range from a dark avenger stopping criminals and pursuing justice, or a girl who gets lost in a magical world and with the aid of a scarecrow, safely returns home, or even a Philadelphia meat packer coming through the ranks and becoming a great boxer. Films are amazing two-hour long trips we can take to different times, different locations and even different worlds. The question is, why do we love this so much?

Movies can relax you they can cheer you up and they can sometimes even depress you. Hollywood gets a lot of flak for some of the movies that they put out. But the thing is, Hollywood, and films in general of all genres give you a unique opportunity. They give you the opportunity to escape from reality and enter a world all your own. So no matter what kind of film you like, they all serve the same purpose.

As for me, I watch films to forget all of my worries and troubles for a while. I get to focus on a completely different scenario from what I am living in, and enjoy watching it. Maybe sometimes a loved one or friends aren’t there to cheer you up. Maybe you are looking for something to cheer you up, but cannot find something. Rest assured in knowing that no matter if you feel like no one is there for you or not, movies are always there to help us, through the good, and the bad. That is why I believe that we all need movies. We all need an ability to get into a spaceship and go to Mars, or sail in a ship to a new land. We all need our Hollywood Heroes.

Jingle All The Way (To The Movies)

The Top Four Christmas Movies

Tis the season of perpetual hope, love, and some great films. We are nearing the most wonderful time of the year. And in my family, that means it’s time to break out some great Christmas films. So here it is, the list of the four greatest Christmas films of all time.

4. The Santa Clause

Tim Allen stars as a man who accidentally kills the old Santa Claus, yes its kind of creepy, but sweet, in a homicidal way, and thus has to become the new Santa Claus. This movie was a classic from when I was little, because it was full of fun, magic, and some great tunes, (Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top.) Add in the most wonderful time of year, and you have a great Christmas classic.

3. Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon definitely had some great films like Vacation, and Animal House, so they decided to take their unique style of comedy to the Holiday Season. Chevy Chase stars as Clark Griswold, and we discover the interesting and sometimes annoying side of having our family over to share in the Christmas Spirit.

2. It’s A Wonderful Life

James Stewart stars in the Christmas classic that takes on the idea of “what would life be like if you were never born?” Full of interesting twists and turns, this film, being the only one in this list to be black and white, has the absolute classic feeling and it feels you with the magic of the Christmas spirit.

1. A Christmas Story

This one tops my list because I cannot remember a Christmas where I did not watch this movie. The whole movie revolves around one boy’s Christmas wish to get a Red Rider BB Gun. As everyone constantly tells him that he will shoot his eyes out. This movie is full of memorable scenes (when the kid gets his tongue stuck the pole) and memorable quotes (I want an official red rider carbon action two hundred shot range model air rifle!) It’s no wonder why this is the best Christmas movie of all time.

The View From Hughes

The Impact of John Hughes On 80’s Film

It was hard to be a teen in the 80’s without falling in love with one of his films. Whether it was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, or even Sixteen Candles, you cannot ignore what he has done or his impact on films. He has helped to make the 80’s into one of the best decades of film making.

“I listen. Not to Hollywood. I listen to you. I make these movies for you.” John Hughes once stated in a letter to a fan, is full proof evidence of what made him great. His films dealt with, for the most part, teenagers, and the things that they would be going through. Whether it be lending your underwear to a nerd or inventing a girl, or your parents forgetting your birthday, he spoke to an audience that was gaining quite a bit of recognition, teenagers.

Another interesting aspect of Hughes was some of the things that he brought to the screen. He was among one of the first directors to allow his actors to “break the fourth wall,” meaning that they were aware of an audience, and they spoke freely to them. This is seen most notably in his film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, where Matthew Broderick’s character constantly narrates to the audience what is going on.

Now, I obviously did not grow up in the 80’s, I mean I wasn’t even born until ’92, but my parents were children of the Cold War, and luckily I was blessed with parents who have good taste in movies. So I grew up watching these movies, and I love and appreciate them for everything that they offer. So if you have seen these films, you know what I am talking about, but if you haven’t, you should take a look back. Because, “life moves pretty fast, and if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Join The Cult

The Importance Of Cult Classic Films

Cult classics are most generally thought of as a very recent fad in film history. But actually cult films are older than most people reading this blog. The first film to ever reach cult status was a film in 1932 called Freaks. Freaks follows the story of a group a
of people who travel around with carnivals because of odd and physical deformities.

This doesn’t sound too bad of a film by todays standards right? Well you have to remember the time. Back in the 30’s a group of traveling freaks might not have been something that people wished to see on a friday night date. But this is the most interesting aspects of cult films.

Cult classics always tackle topics and situations that are out of the norm and general audiences would find strange. Much like the film Harold and Maude, which highlights a love affair between a man of 19 and a woman in her 80’s.

Whether you object to these films or like them, you have to give them their credit where their credit is due. Chances are, you or a friend of yours has probably Joined The Cult.

Old School vs. New School

Original Films Vs. Remakes

There is a new one every week, so it seems. Hollywood has been on a very big kick in recent years to reboot older films. From Footloose, to Halloween, and even Conan the Barbarian, it seems as if no movie is out of reach for Hollywood executives to break out and remake for a newer and fresher audience. But is this something we like to see, or do audiences wish they would leave our favorite films alone?

When I first heard that they were going to remake Footloose, I was more than a little upset. Everyone around me told me to give it a chance. “Come on Jake, it might be good. It’s worth giving it a chance.” But what I do not understand about it is, if the film worked once, why do at again? And the answer of course, comes down to money.

By looking at movie sales of original films and their remakes, the remakes almost always have a higher box office return. The reason is that there is already a built-in audience. If you remake a movie that was incredibly popular in the first place, then they will have a group of people who thoroughly enjoyed the original and are excited to see Hollywood’ new take on a classic.

As a movie purist like me, my problem with this is, if it was good in the first place, then why do they feel the need to remake it? If the movie was not very good in the first place, by all means, you can remake it. An example would be Gone In 60 Seconds. Most people were not aware of the fact that this was a remake, but the remake was better.

What do you think? Do you like film remakes or do you wish Hollywood would stop dumping on our classics? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.

The Top 4 Scary Movies For Children

Celebrating Halloween which is on Monday, I thought that I could get by with one more Halloween inspired post. Now, I am a huge fan of slasher films and horror films, but I have a sister who is studying to become an elementary school teacher. At her urging, I decided to focus on a Halloween theme that is truly for the people who Halloween is really celebrated for. So here it is, the Top Four Best Halloween Films For Children.

4. The Ghost And Mr. Chicken (1966):

A typesetter played by Don Knotts, for a small town newspaper pursues his dream of becoming a big-time reporter by spending a night in an alleged haunted house. This film was one that you would have to blow off the shelf and pop in. It was my mom’s favorite when she was younger, and it is completely obvious why she liked it so much. This film is an instant classic.

3. Halloween Town (1998):

During grandma’s annual visit to the youngsters’ mother Gwen, Aggie reveals that she is a benevolent witch, and that Gwen and the kids all have latent magical powers. Whisking the three little ones off to Halloween town, Aggie subsequently does battle with evil forces conjured up by Gwen’s old flame Kalabar, a warlock with delusions of grandeur and a nasty habit of transforming children into zombies. This is the only made for television movie on the list. So that should speak to just how well done the film is.

2. Hocus Pocus (1993):

After 300 years, three sister witches are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it us up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches reign of terror once and for all. This film actually has some really well-known actresses. It features Bette Midler, and Sarah Jessica Parker. I loved this film ever since I was little, and it is surprising just how terrifying Bette Midler could be, especially to a little kid.

1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993):

Jack Skellington, Pumpkin King, ruler of Halloweentown (kind of redundant right?), happens upon Christmastown, and decides to change Christmas into another Halloween. He kidnaps Santa Claus, and then takes it upon himself to deliver some alternative gifts to unsuspecting children. This movie was my first introduction to director Tim Burton, and he has never made a film that I did not enjoy. Jack Skellington is such a relatable character because we have all searched for our place in life. Plus, the fact that this movie can double as a Halloween and Christmas movie makes it the number one Top Halloween Movie For Children.

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